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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Research project: Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI)

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Expanding human activity in the deep ocean has created an urgent need to engage experts in biology, law, policy, economics, business, regulation and conservation in stewardship issues. The DOSI initiative - affiliated to the INDEEP project (International Network for Scientific Investigation of Deep-Sea Ecosystems) is co-led by Dr Maria Baker of the University of Southampton, Dr Lisa Levin (SIO, USA), Dr Elva Escobar (UNAM, Mexico) and Kristina Gjerde (IUCN, USA).

DOSI logo
DOSI logo

DOSI acts through multi-stakeholder workshops, briefings, publications, surveys, assessment contributions, online resources and engagement. DOSI works with national, regional and global policy makers, educators and civil society to:

  1. Identify priority management needs for resources use in our deep ocean
  2. Develop best practices for human activities in the deep sea
  3. Raise awareness and develop expertise
  4. Centralize and promote observation and knowledge of the deep sea

The current DOSI working groups consist of the following themes:

  • Minerals 
  • Oil & Gas 
  • Fisheries 
  • Deep-Sea Genetic Resources 
  • Deep-Sea Tailings Placement 
  • Climate Change 
  • New Technologies 
  • Capacity Development 
  • Knowledge Gaps & Global Ocean Assessments 
  • Communication 
  • Policy


Illustration of a multitude of potential deep-sea activities captured by artist Tanya Young (
Illustration by Tanya Young

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Key Contacts

Dr Maria Baker

Associated research themes

INDEEP (International Network for Scientific Investigation of Deep-Sea Ecosystems)

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